Connecticut River Museum

67 Main Street, Essex, CT 06426 Directions
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Report | 3 months ago
Great place !
Report | 3 months ago
Great time today on my first (won't be my last!) visit to the CT River Museum. Loved seeing the model train display especially!
Report | 3 months ago
We took our grandson to see the train show on the 3rd floor that was cute for a 3 yr. old the Turtle sub. was cute on the 1st floor other than that there wasn't enough hands on things for kids. I also felt 9 dollars a adult was quite expensive for what they had to offer any age Thank you Goupons for the discount....NMP
Report | 4 months ago
Plan to be there at least an hour. Make sure you participate in the scavenger hunt!
Report | 4 months ago
Essex is a great place to spend the day shopping, having lunch/dinner at the Griswold Inn and visiting the museum.
Report | 4 months ago
Give yourself plenty of time as there is so much to see!
Report | 4 months ago
It is a cool place, ESP. With the train show in the winter. It must be lovely in summer too.
Report | 4 months ago
Very good historical exhibits and extensive model train layout.
Report | 4 months ago
Friendly knowledgeable staff, interesting exhibits
Report | 4 months ago
Train exhibit and Cryan photos and paintings were fabulous. Stairwell photos and 1st and 2nd floor exhibits were wonderful as well.
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The Connecticut River spans 410 miles from the border of Canada to Long Island Sound. Inside the Connecticut River Museum, visitors can span that space through exhibits that tell the stories of the river and the people who have lived along it. Aerial photographs and a large mural depict the evolution of the river communities through time, and the On the Great River exhibit showcases the early history of the river through artifacts and works of art. A reproduction of David Bushnell?s Turtle allows visitors to get up close to the submarine, turn the propeller, and pump the ballast intake. A huge mural, cannonballs, and ship fragments recall the night in April 1814 when British forces traveled upriver and burned the privateer fleet in Essex. The river played a key role in the development of towns and cities in New England, providing everything as transportation routes to waterpower.

Along with long term and special exhibits, the museum offers educational programs for adults and children as well as seasonal boat cruises up the River. Cruises travel along the lower river valley, labeled one of America?s last great places by the Nature Conservancy.

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